Wake up, start your week, and dive into the Monday Morning GDI Goalie News! Who stopped the most shots… which netminder rebounded from a tough loss… who had the best performance of the week? Look below, get your goalie fix to start the week. Here we go!
Program of Excellence - Under 18 & Top 40:
After a long four days the Top 40 Program of Excellence camp has came to a close.
GDI Prairies is proud to notice the strong effort that all the goaltenders had over the weekend in order to display their talents and skill set for making the team. Looking to take a spot on the Male Under 16 roster Dola, Martyniuk, Brown, Petit, and Verhelst are the current remaining goaltenders.
Looking to the Female U18 team that will compete in the 2012 National Women's U-18 Championships
in Dawson Creek BC, Jessica Campbell, Rachel Dyck, Justine McIntosh, and Brittni Mowat are the remaining four goaltenders that look to take a spot.
Looking to the next coming months, the Under 17 goaltenders will be named shortly.
In other news, Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender Corbin Boes, of Saskatoon, has been to invited to Hockey Canada's World Junior Goaltending Camp from June 7-10 in Calgary.
This past season Boes appeared in 41 games where he held a record of 23-10-0.
In the WHL - Road to the Memorial Cup:
The Edmonton Oil Kings captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champions, defeating the Portland Winterhawks 4-1 in Game 7 of the 2012 WHL Championship series on Sunday at Rexall Place in Edmonton, AB.
Michael St. Croix and T.J. Foster each tallied a goal and an assist as the Oil Kings opened up a 4-0 lead through the first 30 minutes of the game in a solid performance to win the deciding game of what was a thrilling best-of-seven series between the two clubs.
Laurent Brossoit turned in a 19-save effort for the Oil Kings in the victory. The 19-year-old from Surrey B.C., posted a 2.82 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage over the seven-game series to earn the MVP of the WHL Championship series.
“I’m speechless…it’s just such a good feeling, and I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts,” Brossoit told SHAW’s Andy Neal. “(Getting the MVP) is the icing on the cake. We played such a great game, defensively, that I didn’t really have to do much tonight…we win as a team.”
It’s the first WHL championship for the modern incarnation of the Oil Kings in their five-year existence, and the first championship for an Edmonton-based franchise since the original Oil Kings won back-to-back titles in 1971 and ’72. That Oil Kings franchise would eventually relocate to Portland to become the Winterhawks.
The Oil Kings will now head to Shawinigan, QC, to represent the WHL at the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The Oil Kings will join the host Shawinigan Cataractes, the OHL champion London Knights and the QMJHL champion and defending Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs at the tournament, which begins on Friday.
GDI Prairies would like to congratulate Laurent on being awarded the Playoff MVP and for capturing the WHL Championship! Several years ago Brossoit stepped onto the ice for his first GDI camp and now he looks to win his first Memorial Cup Championship! Best of luck in Quebec!
In the MJHL - Road to the RBC:
With the RBC Cup being awarded to Penticton as they went onto take a 4-3 win over Woodstock in the Championship Final, we look back on the amazing run the both Portage and Humbolt had to represent the Prairie region in the National Championships.
The Broncos came close to sealing the deal to get into the Finals several times in their game against the Woodstock Slammers but failed to hold the lead in a tough Semi-Final battle induced by penalties.
Earlier in the week the MJHL champions dropped a heart-breaking 5-3 decision to Humboldt Broncos Thursday night in Humboldt. The Portage Terriers couldn't mustar a goal in the third frame as they failed to tie the game. The Terriers kept their heads held high as they showed their dominance coming into the National tournament with being in close contention for the games that they played in.
GDI Prairies would like to notice Adam Iwan on his success throughout this season and leading through into May. Adam is a great student of the game that has stuck to his mindset of setting his goals high and never looking back. With much experience gained from the previous season, playing with the Neepawa Natives and with a brief stint with the WHL Spokane Chiefs, Adam went on to display a fierce presence in net for the Terriers as he was unbeatable on countless nights.
Again, congrats to both the Terriers and Humbolt on their success this year!